Meet the Georgians helping to steer Trump’s White House transition

Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich share the stage during a campaign rally in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich share the stage during a campaign rally in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Two influential Georgians will be in the middle of Donald Trump’s White House transition.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is among seven vice chairs selected Friday to be on the president-election’s transition team. And Nick Ayers is a top aide to Mike Pence, the incoming vice president who will lead the effort to assemble Trump’s administration.

Gingrich was one of the few Republican elders who backed Trump’s campaign early in the primary, and he said Thursday he envisions a “senior planner” role for himself. Gingrich also will bring with him Randy Evans, the Republican National Committeeman from Georgia who is Gingrich’s longtime attorney and confidante.

Ayers was one in a trio of aides tapped by Pence to help in the secretive behind-the-scenes work to put together Trump’s White House.

Nick Ayers. File.

Nick Ayers. File.

Already, the list of potential Cabinet appointees is triggering speculation in political circles across the nation. Several Georgia Republicans, including U.S. Sen. David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Tom Price, are said to be among the contenders.

Ayers, a Cobb County native, helped Sonny Perdue win the governor’s race and his cousin David land a U.S. Senate seat. He served as the executive director of the Republican Governors Association and managed Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s 2012 presidential campaign. Ayers later became one of Pence’s main consultants, and became his national campaign chairman when Trump tapped the Indianan as his running mate.

Trump said Friday that more decisions could be made soon.

“Busy day planned in New York,” the president-elect said on Twitter on Friday morning. “Will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government.”

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43 comments
Melody Dareing
Melody Dareing

Nah...he needs a few who can work the system to get rid of the rest.

Pat Myers
Pat Myers

Newts the BEST !! He makes all the liberal nonsense bunch mad because he tells them the truth , I HOPE HE LETS NEWT GINGRIG HELP HIM DRAIN THE NASTY SWAMP ,HE WILL DO A GOOD JOB !! We will be better for it , GO NEWT AND TRUMP !!!

Anne Fleming Petherick
Anne Fleming Petherick

We don't need to meet that creep...we've been sullied by him and his politics of hate and division for a lifetime. He is nothing for Georgia to be proud of...the architecture of hate politics.

Marilyn Carruthers
Marilyn Carruthers

We all should trust Donald Trump .he has not been wrong yet.enjoy the ride! Choo-choo

Pamela Moore
Pamela Moore

Maybe they will leave GA and we can start over. Take Deal with you while you're at it.

Annette Preston
Annette Preston

Thank your Trump for not giving up you had to defend yourself from lies the whole time

Smith Ellen
Smith Ellen

I feel soooo much better getting this news! NOT ...

Mark Butler
Mark Butler

Drain the swamp and leave the reptiles, first of many Trump failures to his supporters. #youwereconned #yourdisappointmentawaits

Melba Barrick
Melba Barrick

Thanks all of you PEACHES for helping us to get our country back , I was worried for a time .

Amanda Barnes
Amanda Barnes

They will wear themselves out trying to keep him from coloring outside the lines.

Marc Hogg
Marc Hogg

Newt was the best thing that ever happened for Bill Clinton

Matthew Cooley
Matthew Cooley

Uh Oh :O Looks like our government wants some revenge. What are we gonna do now, man? What are we gonna do? Game Over, man. Game Over.

Ria Austin
Ria Austin

They are not draining the swamp just adding a few more snakes to the water!

Mark Cotner
Mark Cotner

Much better than our mayor accepting maximum refugees for political favor.

Al Toth
Al Toth

A man kicked out of congress because of his ethics. How quickly people forget.

John Tinsley
John Tinsley

He's getting the best ones. Been proven they are the best.

Marilyn Mitchell Davidson
Marilyn Mitchell Davidson

Trump's campaign was the most tawdry, vicious, divisive campaign ever. The world is horrified, excluding Putin, that he is the President elect. The people of the USA are protesting Trump, the man he is, and the disbelief that he will be the President . Such an embarrassment. Trump created these protests. They are protesting, not rioting.

John Tinsley
John Tinsley

They aren't the ones rioting and showing their true colors for the world to see... the snowflakes are.lol

Rhonda Chambers
Rhonda Chambers

He's getting the best of the worse the country has to offer!

John Tinsley
John Tinsley

Why because they are NOT America hating socialist and apologist?

Mark Butler
Mark Butler

No, because they are the status quo...what you all preached about was change, same old, same old. You were conned!

John Tinsley
John Tinsley

Marilyn Mitchell Davidson you're delusional.

Brian Breese
Brian Breese

So much for 'draining the swamp'. He's just picking nastier gators and snakes.

newsphile
newsphile

Please say it ain't so.  Newt and Sonny?